Item 1 - Hitler's Irish Voices audio documentary

Hitler's Irish Voices audio documentary (47:41 minutes)

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IE DCUA C4/1

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Hitler's Irish Voices audio documentary

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  • 1995-1998 (Creation)

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1 audio file; 47:41 minutes

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(1952-)

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Dr. David O'Donoghue is an Irish journalist and historian who has written two books on Irish-German relations during the Second World War. David has worked as a journalist for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) and for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Paris, France. David was awarded a PhD from Dublin City University in 1995.

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Hitler's Irish Voices is an audio documentary, created and produced by Dr. David O'Donoghue. It was first broadcast on Radio Kerry on 26 October 1998 and includes interviews about the pro-German propaganda radio service, Irland Redaktion, which broadcast from Germany during the Second World War, from 10 December 1939 until 2 May 1945. This documentary includes recordings of interviews with Francis Stuart, Hans Hartmann, Elizabeth Clissman, Hugh Byrne, Seán Ó hEochaidh, Maurice Irvine, and Ludwig Mühlhausen.

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00:00-01:00 Introduction

01:00-01:47 William Brook Joyce's [Lord Haw-Haw] introduces 'our Sunday night service in Gaelic' for Irish listeners.

02:06-02:39 German radio talk in Irish (voiced by Eimear Ó Broin)

05:54-08:22 Hugh Byrne, Donegal fisherman, talks about German academic Ludwig Mühlhausen who studied Irish from 1927 to 1937

09:18-11:30 Seán Ó hEochaidh, Donegal folklorist, who taught Ludwig Muhlhausen Irish, describes a Garda Síochána dawn raid on his home in Teelin, Donegal, after Mühlhausen sent Christmas radio greetings to him on air in December 1939.

17:40-19:55 Dr Hans Hartmann explaining the importance of Irish neutrality for Germany's war aims. Includes discussion on his Irish phrases.

21:02-22:14 German Radio's Flashback feature on historic acts of British terrorism in Ireland during the War of Independence, 1919-1921.

22:29-23:16 Maurice Irvine, BBC wartime monitor, describing the radio output from Berlin, Germany.

28:45-30:36 Francis Stuart talks about Dr Hans Hartmann sacking him from the Irland Redaktion in January 1944, because he refused to do anti-Russian talks.

30:42-32:01 Francis Stuart's regrets, 'I was too close to a brutal and barbarian regime'.

32:14-33:22 German Radio's anti-semitic material broadcast to Ireland (voiced up by actors).

35:12-36.57 Elizabeth Clissmann, Sligo, on German Radio's plan to stop Franklin Roosevelt's presidential re-election in 1944.

40:18-42:26 William Brook Joyce's [Lord Haw-Haw] final broadcast on 30 April 1945.

42:48-43.41 Dr Hans Hartmann describes his final broadcast to Ireland on 2 May 1945.

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David O'Donoghue is the creator, scriptwriter and narrator of this audio documentary. Fred Meijer was technical director.

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Hitler's Irish Voices is under copyright by creator and depositor, Dr. David O'Donoghue, 1998, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Creative Commons is a licensing system which allows content creators to assign a licence to their work rather than reserve their full rights under Copyright law.

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  • English

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O'Donoghue, David A. (1995) Hitler's Irish voices. The story of German radio's propaganda service, 1939-1945. PhD thesis, Dublin City University

Dr. David O'Donoghue's thesis examines the origins, direction and control of German Radio's Irish propaganda unit in World War II. Known as the Irland- Redaktion, this unit was founded by a small group of Germans, some of whom had studied Irish folklore and language in the Gaeltacht regions in the 1920s and 1930s. Drawing widely on archival sources in Belgium, Britain, Germany, Ireland and the United States - as well as incorporating interviews with key survivors of the Irland-Redaktion - the thesis attempts to define the structures, modus operandi and raison d'être of the radio service. A detailed analysis, quoting numerous published and unpublished sources, seeks to place the output of the Irland-Redaktion in context by evaluating its structures and content, personnel and target audiences, in addition to its guiding themes and ascertainable effects. The work endeavours to explore those features of the Irland-Redaktion which, it can be argued, set it apart from other propaganda services of Germany's wartime Europasender. These include the fact that overall control of the service from November 1941 to May 1945 rested with a member of the Irish civil service who had left Dublin for Berlin shortly before the outbreak of war. The thesis also examines the special position of Ireland as a target for both English-language and Irish-language radio propaganda from Nazi Germany. While German Radio beamed programmes in 3 0 languages to other states and regions in Europe, Ireland's case was unusual. The newly independent state straddled the Atlantic shipping lanes and shared a disputed land frontier with the United Kingdom which was at war with Germany. The thesis seeks to place these and other factors in their proper context in relation to the radio service. Finally, having dealt with the pre-war and war periods, the thesis describes the subsequent circumstances of those most directly involved in the operation of the Irland-Redaktion, through the immediate post-war years to the present day.

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